When Zayn Malik and Perrie Edwards got engaged in 2013 when they were both 20 years old, the One Direction and Little Mix fandoms couldn't have been more excited. Today's most famous British boy band and the most famous British girl group coming together in holy matrimony? Fans couldn't wait to see the wedding pics. But shortly after Malik left One Direction to pursue a solo career, he and Edwards ended their engagement.

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So, how are they doing? Edwards has the built-in support system of her Little Mix bandmates, who have been shielding Edwards from any unwanted press attention. Yesterday when the paparazzi spotted the girls out and about, Little Mixer Leigh-Anne Pinnock jumped in front of Edwards and started dancing to distract the paparazzi from getting a shot of her. Meanwhile, Jade Thirwall grabbed her hand as a gentle reminder that they were all in it together.

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For Malik's part, he's focusing on getting his career as a solo artist off the ground --- and he also got a new tattoo to cover up the one he had of his now ex-fiancé. Malik got a pretty sizable tattoo of Edwards on his arm when they were together. This week, he had a lotus flower and piano tattooed over it.

Neither person has been spotted with anyone new yet, which shows a level of respect toward each other. They may still be young, but both seem to be handling the breakup with maturity.

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